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Brandon Scott Gorrell (b. 1984) lives in Seattle. He has a blog and is the author of an e-book on bear parade.
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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Muumuu House; 1st edition (June 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982206712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982206713
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brandon's book, much like the work of Tao Lin, works with elements of youthful (or perhaps not-so-youthful) elements of loneliness and a kind of genuine angst that I find myself all too familiar with--what I tend to call 'existential futility'. I can't help but think there's a definitive aspect of generationism here, as this book to me captures feelings of melancholy boredom I encounter not only personally but in my interactions and conversatios with many of my peers. This, at times, feels simply like a 'blankness', out of which stems a kind of inaction often labeled as laziness which is in truth something much more complicated and not as easily 'dealt with'. This book is trying to 'deal with it'. Reading this book made me feel like I was 'dealing with it'.
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So let's get this out of the way now. I didn't realize I was reading a book of poetry until I got to about page 12. I say this because whenever I read 'normal' poems, I feel like it's a chore, like my brain is becoming numb. Metaphor this, metaphor that; am I really supposed to know what you (the author) mean when you say 'sasquatian interpolation'? With Brandon Scott Gorrell's DURING MY NERVOUS BREAKDOWN I WANT TO HAVE A BIOGRAPHER PRESENT, it felt like I was reading some intense inner-poetry... wrapped in bacon.

The book, DURING MY NERVOUS BREAKDOWN I WANT TO HAVE A BIOGRAPHER PRESENT (just so I know we're both talking about the same book here,) goes beyond 'normal' poetry since it is sincere and most certainly, to the point, I kid you not about this. The book is so 'to-the-point' that I cannot believe an absurdist poet actually wrote this. Trust me when I say that the nonsense actually makes too much sense. The table of contents itself reads like a poem. Now, have I said 'poem' enough times yet? No? Okay. You also won't find many upper-case letters here so if you're into that old-time 'let's all follow the rules of grammar' crap, you won't appreciate this book. Yeah, it's sometimes cool to be lazy like that, it is 2010 after all. And oh yeah, everything is also double-spaced so uh, go crazy with your margin comments and class-discussion-type notes... It's actually encouraged, I think. Or not.
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I've read 'during my nervous breakdown...' >20 times since in the past 3 years. These poems are some of my favorite that I've ever read. I felt significantly decreased feelings of loneliness, isolation, anxiety, depression, and other s***ty emotions during and after reading this book. The poems are readable, relatable, and frequently funny. 'During my nervous breakdown...' was one of the first poetry books I can remember reading that made me feel like the poems were written specifically for me, via the emotions and thoughts expressed in the poems were things I'd consistently felt/thought but had never really articulated well. This book continues to inspire me to write, and I'll probably read this book 1-100 times more in my lifetime, depending on how long I live.

I recommend this book for anyone who feels socially anxious, depressed, weird, and/or alienated.
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brandon mixes autobiographical and surreal images to create a surprisingly fun commentary on depression, anxiety, boredom, and other sad sorts of topics. this is a great book
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